Education IT merger cautiously welcomed

Commenting on the creation of a single education IT system for six North Wales councils, Shadow Minister for Local Government and North Wales AM Janet Finch-Saunders said: “Welsh Conservatives have long supported this kind of collaborative working and I wholeheartedly welcome the principles behind the merger."

Mental health targets but no proof of delivery

The Welsh Labour Government has set targets for mental health staffing but has no monitoring in place to establish whether they’re being met, Welsh Conservatives revealed today. Local Health Boards have been instructed to maintain a ratio of two Primary Mental Health Workers for every 100,000 people in their area.

S4C deal 'in the best interests of all'

Shadow Minister for Heritage Suzy Davies AM responds to today's news that the BBC and S4C have come to an agreement over the future and funding of S4C“This is an incredibly important deal that I welcome wholeheartedly."The agreement that’s been reached is in the best interests of all and I am both delighted and relieved that the future of S4C has been safeguarded." 

Uni applications fall “raises questions for Labour policy”

Commenting on a fall in the number of English people applying to Welsh universities, Shadow Minister for Education Angela Burns AM, said: “A dramatic fall in the number of English applications should act as a harsh wake-up call for the Education Minister. His wafer-thin tuition fees policy is based on a steady flow of students from England alleviating costs."

Community Engagement Forums announced

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly has announced his intention to launch community engagement forums in Wales. Due to begin in early 2012, the forums will be held regularly in each of Wales’ five regions. They will provide a chance for policy development to be discussed and debated.

University of Wales resignation

Commenting on the resignation of the University of Wales Council Chairman, Shadow Minister for Education Angela Burns AM, said: “I welcome this announcement, which follows weeks of Welsh Conservative requests for those responsible to take responsibility for what has happened to this institution."

Doubts cast over 'no cost' GP hours extension

The Finance Minister has cast doubt over the First Minister’s claims that an extension to GP opening hours in Wales will cost nothing. It follows a written response from the Health Minister to the Welsh Conservatives, making it clear ‘detailed costs’ are being developed for the policy.

Welsh Conservatives lead law-making bids

Welsh Conservatives today led the field in the ballot on Member Bills, with 13 of the 28 bids for laws proposed by individual Assembly Members.   This is more than twice as many as any other party.

Labour’s flagship policies ‘a shambles’

Labour still has no idea how much it will cost to implement its flagship election commitments on GP opening hours and annual health checks for over 50s – while doubt also surrounds its announcement on enterprise zones. The health policies – both announced over six months ago – have not been allocated money in the Draft Budget.